A TOP Sussex Police officer has pledged to protect public services despite cuts of £52million and around 1,000 job losses.
In a statement, released today (Tuesday, March 1) Chief Superintendent Martin Walker said the changes would make the force more efficient and cut out bureaucracy.
From April 1, the North Downs and West Downs policing divisions will merge.
Sussex Police said the changes will provide a more “focused, streamlined” approach to policing.
However, reduced opening hours for several police stations, including Shoreham, Steyning, Lancing and Littlehampton, are also being considered.
Chief Superintendent Walker, the new divisional commander for West Sussex, said: “This new model would mean less bureaucracy for everyone, less paperwork for frontline officers and more opportunities for them to use their own discretion to do the right thing.”